The farm, Flanders Moss and the surrouding area are full of accessible wildlife! You may be visited by a roe deer especially Ben Lomond and Ben Ledi as there is a deer that lives in the woodland. Or at your feet on the walkways there may be a lizard basking in the sun! Insert picture of basking lizard.
Depending on the season you will be entertained by the songs of birdlife. In March and very early April you might catch the pink-footed geese as they noisily gather for their journey north to the Arctic for breeding and at about the same week there will be the arrival of the swallows from the south. April, May and June the skies are full of the sounds of birds showing off to their mates or keeping rival mates out of their territory. Most evocative for me are the curlew and the skylark but those of you who are bird watchers will soon gather a long list of sightings and hearings!
If you walk over the fields and the moss you will be greeted by a host of other creatures! For example 2014 has been a superb year for hares on the fields and there is an owl box on the hedgerow to the west on the edge of the moss which in 2014 had three chicks. Mid summer nights the chicks can be heard in the box as they wait for their delivery of mice. The organic hay fields are full of grasses and clovers which attract butterflies and bees. Each year we monitor the moths and some are very beautiful colours and some you might just miss unless you are very observant - insert pictures... wildlife- am I a moth or bark resized and wildlife - yellow barred fm resized.
Part of West Moss-side is on Flanders Moss National Nature Reserve - a large area of bog and mosses. The story of this fascinating area is told on the Scottish National Heritage website http://www.nnr-scotland.org.uk/flanders-moss/ The best way to experience this wonderful place is to drive the couple of miles from the farm to the carpark and the walkway. This will get you really close to the bog and there are lots of interesting and unusual plants to see as well as bugs and beasties!
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There are leaflets and maps in the yurt to give you ideas of where to view wildlife - and there are also bird, flower and wildlife identification books in the communal kitchen bookshelf. Discover and Enjoy!